Analytical determination of power-law index for the Chapman et al. sandpile (FSOC) analog for magnetospheric activity – a renormalization-group analysis

first_imgRecent suggestion and experimental indications that the magnetotail dynamics exhibit self-organized critical behavior have re-motivated interest in sandpile (avalanche) models. Some examples of specific interest for geomagnetic activity have the property that internal avalanches exhibit inverse power law statistics whereas systemwide avalanches have a well-defined mean. Here, we apply the concept of renormalization group to such a model. We demonstrate that invariant analysis based on the renormalization-group theory can explain the power law distribution of energy release by internal avalanches in the large-scale regime of these systems.last_img read more

Utah Baseball Drops Late Lead vs. No. 1 Oregon State

first_img Tags: Baseball/Pac 12/Utah Utes Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY – The Utah baseball team fell to No. 1 Oregon State, 9-5, in the second game of the series on Friday evening.Utah led 5-2 before Oregon State scored six runs in the seventh inning to take the lead en-route to the win.Utah was led at the plate by a 3-for-5 night from Matt Richardson. Braden DeBenedictis had two hits while Davis Delorefice drove in two runs after a bases-loaded single in the fourth inning. Each team had nine hits on the night.Tanner Thomas pitched six innings for Utah, allowing two runs with four hits, two strikeouts and four walks. Austin Moore and Jacob Rebar both made brief appearances with Rebar earning the loss. Spencer Kevin Johnson pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with two strikeouts.Utah got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the second for a 1-0 lead. DeBenedictis led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a pair of ground outs. He scored on an RBI single from Richardson.Each team scored a run in the third. A leadoff walk would come around to score on a bunt following a ground out and infield single for Oregon State. The Utes pulled back ahead in the bottom of the third. DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., led off the inning with a double and scored on an RBI single from DeBenedictis. Oregon State again came back in the top of the fourth for a run after two singles and a sacrifice fly, tying the game at 2-2.Utah took advantage of an error to score three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Richardson led off the inning with a single and Chris Rowan reached on an error. Keirsey drove in the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly. Rykker Tom was hit by a pitch and after a ground out, DeBenedictis walked to load the bases. Delorefice came up with the big hit of the inning, an RBI single up the middle to plate two runs and give Utah a 5-2 lead.OSU threatened in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with one out before a double play got Utah out of the inning. The Beavers pulled ahead with a six-run seventh inning, taking advantage of three walks in addition to three hits, including a bases-loaded double for three RBI and an 8-6 lead. A home run in the top of the eighth lifted OSU to a 9-5 lead.The Utes stranded two on in both the seventh and eighth innings, leaving 12 on throughout the game.Utah and Oregon State play the rubber game of the series on Saturday, March 31, beginning at 1:00 p.m. MT. March 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball Drops Late Lead vs. No. 1 Oregon State Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Boxing charity event Rumble with the Agents launches

first_imgRumble with the Agents, the white-collar charity boxing event hosted for the last two years by Landlord Action, in association with Hamilton Fraser, is returning for a third year. The event will be held on Thursday 25th May 2017, and the team is requesting the support of men and women from all sides of the property industry looking for a New Year challenge.The event will once again raise funds for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, North London’s only ‘Hospice at Home’ service, providing support for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families. The charity also provides respite and support to families, helping them to face the future with hope after bereavement.Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Acton, said, “We’re offering individuals the chance to get fit and try a new sport in a safe and professional environment, whilst supporting the wonderful work of Noah’s Ark, who are hoping to build a new state of the art hospice by 2018.”Rumble with the Agents has some keen participants already signed up, but the event requires a total of 12 boxers, so remaining places are on a first come first served basis. There will be  six fights lasting six minutes each. No experience is required to take part in the event, just a willingness to learn and dedication to train. Fully structured and supervised training will be provided at the world-famous Peacock Gym in East London.Kevin Pearcey, Manager at Winkworth Estate Agents in Willesden, who volunteered to box in a previous event, said, “Boxing at ‘Rumble with the Agents’ was one of the best experiences of my life. The preparation, setup and training nights leading to fight night were excellent. It was for a fantastic charity, sell out event and one that I will be talking about forever.”Tickets to attend ‘Rumble with the Agents’ are now on sale at www.rumblewiththeagents.co.uk. Attendees are guaranteed an action-packed night with six fights, a three-course meal with unlimited drinks, an auction with high value memorabilia, raffle, and a number of celebrity guests.  “The event has been so popular, it’s now a permanent fixture in the property calendar,” said Paul Shamplina, “It’s a really fun night filled with food, drink and plenty of competitive spirit, where the industry comes together to support their colleagues and raise money for charity.”‘Rumble with the Agents’ is open to estate and letting agents, property professionals, suppliers and landlords. Those participating are asked to take a table of ten or twelve to represent their company at the event which will be held at Holiday Inn, Avenue Banqueting, 58 Regents Park Road, London, N3 3JN.To find out more, volunteer to take part, buy tickets or donate something for the raffle/ auction please email Rita Shamplina on [email protected] or call 07790 569501.Landlord Action Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice Rumble with the Agents estate agents boxing white collar boxing January 3, 2017Sheila ManchesterWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Boxing charity event Rumble with the Agents launches previous nextAgencies & PeopleBoxing charity event Rumble with the Agents launchesLandlord Action’s Paul Shamplina to raise funds for children’s hospice charity.Sheila Manchester3rd January 201701,773 Viewslast_img read more

Western Electric Retirees Bowling League

first_imgWeek 9, November 7High score – Toni Roake (152), Nick Musica (168, 181, 152), Elsie Buban (163), Diane Mangan (165), Pete Krol (161), John Vida (169, 152, 150), Rosemary McKnight (182, 172), Cookie Nilan (181, 150)High series – Nick Musica (501), John Vida (471), Rosemary McKnight (502)Week 10, November 14High scores – Pete Krol (173), Rosemary McKnight (156), Nick Musica (188)High series – Nick Musica (466)Week 11, November 21High scores – John Vida (169, 185, 168), Rosemary McKnight (156, 170), Nick Musica (178), Diane Mangan (177), Cookie Nilan (165), Barbara Prokop (150)High series – John Vida (522), Rosemary McKnight (470), Nick Musica (464) Week 7, October 24High scores – Cookie Nilan (165, 203), Elsie Buban (167), Pete Krol (160), John Vida (150), Rosemary McKnight (166, 177, 174), Nick Musica (165, 160, 176), Toni Roake (160), Barbara Prokop (150)High series – Cookie Nilan (516), Rosemary McKnight (515), Nick Musica (501)Week 8, October 31High scores – Nick Musica (167, 183, 158), Rosemary McKnight (184, 158), John Vida (164, 179, 182), Elsie (155), Cookie Nilan (156)High series – Nick Musica (505), Rosemary McKnight (489), John Vida (529)last_img read more

Your Top 10 Fave Performances from Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show

first_img“Don’t Dream It” “Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me” Ooooh, Rocky! Fox’s highly anticipated Rocky Horror Picture Show aired on October 20, and between all the red lips, fishnets and insa-a-a-a-ane sets, we wanted to ask the fans which performances they loved the most. The starry cast included Laverne Cox, Annaleigh Ashford, Ben Vereen, Reeve Carney, Tim Curry, Staz Nair, Ryan McCartan and Victoria Justice. Did the 40-year anniversary re-vamp do the original cult classic justice? The classic songs seem to stick out in the fans’ top 10 below! Take a look! “Dammit, Janet” “I Can Make You a Man” Photo: Steve Wilkie/FOX “Over at the Frankenstein Place” “Rose Tint My World” “Sweet Transvestite” “The Time Warp” “Hot Patootie” “Science Fiction/Double Feature” View Comments Star Files Ryan McCartanlast_img read more

L’Esperance named Vermont State Police Director

first_imgDepartment of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Tremblay is pleased to announce the selection of Major Thomas L Esperance as the next Director of the Vermont State Police. Major L Esperance will assume the duties of Director following Colonel James Baker s retirement on June 30, 2009.  Today s announcement will provide Major L Esperance and the Vermont State Police time to plan a seamless transition of leadership.In his announcement, Commissioner Tremblay said, I have full confidence in Major L Esperance; he is a proven leader, a trusted public servant, and he models the spirit of law enforcement cooperation that is essential for the future success of policing in Vermont.Major L Esperance began his career as a Trooper in Brattleboro in 1987 and currently serves as Major in charge of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.  Over the past 21 years, Major L Esperance has also served in the following positions with the State Police:Detective Trooper, Brattleboro BarracksDetective Trooper, Southern Vermont Drug Task ForceSergeant, Patrol Commander, Rockingham BarracksField Supervisor, Southern Vermont Drug Task ForceLieutenant, Station Commander, Rockingham BarracksLieutenant, Drug Task Force CommanderCaptain, Special Investigations Unit Commander, Bureau of Criminal InvestigationsMajor L Esperance and his wife Denise have been married for twenty years.  They have two daughters – Rachel who attends Champlain Valley Union High School and Hannah who attends Williston Central School.Major L Esperance will continue in his current assignment as Major in charge of the Criminal Division until his promotion on July 1, 2009.last_img read more

Red Cross: How We Spent Sandy Money Is a ‘Trade Secret’

first_imgJust how badly does the American Red Cross want to keep secret how it raised and spent over $300 million after Hurricane Sandy?The charity has hired a fancy law firm to fight a public request we filed with New York State, arguing that information about its Sandy activities is a “trade secret.”The Red Cross’ “trade secret” argument has persuaded the state to redact some material, though it’s not clear yet how much since the documents haven’t yet been released.As we’ve reported, the Red Cross releases few details about how it spends money after big disasters. That makes it difficult to figure out whether donor dollars are well spent.The Red Cross did give some information about Sandy spending to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who had been investigating the charity. But the Red Cross declined our request to disclose the details.So we filed a public records request for the information the Red Cross provided to the attorney general’s office.That’s where the law firm Gibson Dunn comes in.An attorney from the firm’s New York office appealed to the attorney general to block disclosure of some of the Sandy information, citing the state Freedom of Information Law’s trade secret exemption.The documents include “internal and proprietary methodology and procedures for fundraising, confidential information about its internal operations, and confidential financial information,” wrote Gabrielle Levin of Gibson Dunn in a letter to the attorney general’s office.If those details were disclosed, “the American Red Cross would suffer competitive harm because its competitors would be able to mimic the American Red Cross’s business model for an increased competitive advantage,” Levin wrote.The letter doesn’t specify who the Red Cross’ “competitors” are.The Red Cross is a public charity and occupies a unique place responding to disasters alongside the federal government.Among the sections of the documents the Red Cross wanted redacted was “a two-line title” at the top of a page, one line of which was “American Red Cross.”The attorney general’s office denied that redaction, writing that it “can not find disclosure of this two line title will cause the Red Cross any economic injury.”Asked about the effort to have Sandy materials kept secret, Red Cross spokeswoman Anne Marie Borrego told ProPublica: “We sought to keep confidential a small part of the letter [sent to the AG] that provided proprietary information important to maintaining our ability to raise funds and fulfill our mission.”Doug White, a nonprofit expert who directs the fundraising management program at Columbia University, said that it’s possible for nonprofits to have trade interests—the logo of a university, for example—but it’s not clear what a “trade secret” would be in the case of the Red Cross. He called the lawyer’s letter an apparent “delaying tactic.”Ben Smilowitz of the Disaster Accountability Project, a watchdog group, said,“Invoking a ‘trade secret’ exemption is not something you would expect from an organization that purports to be ‘transparent and accountable.’”In agreeing to withhold some details, the attorney general’s office found that portions of the documents the charity wanted to redact “describe business strategies, internal operational procedures and decisions, and the internal deliberations and decision-making processes that affect fundraising and the allocation of donations.”The attorney general’s office also found “that this information is proprietary and constitutes trade secrets, and that its disclosure would cause the Red Cross economic injury and put the Red Cross at an economic disadvantage.”Another section the Red Cross wanted redacted was a paragraph that noted the charity’s “willingness to meet with the [Office of the Attorney General.]” The attorney general’s office denied that part of the requestBorrego, the Red Cross spokeswoman, declined to say how much the charity is paying Gibson Dunn but said, “we do not use funds restricted to Superstorm Sandy to cover those expenses.”We’ll let you know when we get the documents we asked for 2014 at least the parts that aren’t trade secrets.If you have experience with or information about the American Red Cross, including its operations after Sandy, email [email protected] articles: Read our other coverage about how the Red Cross’ post-storm spending on Sandy is a black box. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Finding the bright spots and creating more of them

first_imgIn their book, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, Chip and Dan Heath introduce readers to the story of Jerry Sternin. Sternin, who works for Save the Children, was sent to Vietnam in 1990 to open a new office and given six months to make a difference in the nutritional health of poor Vietnamese children. Sternin started by studying the height and weight of children in rural villages and comparing the growth rates of children from family unit to family unit. In this way, he was able to identify the children who were thriving and those who were not (Heath, 2010).The obvious assumption one might make about malnutrition is that the poorer a family might be, the unhealthier the children in that family would be. But, that wasn’t the case in every instance. In fact, the study showed that there were children in some poor families who were actually thriving.   These instances became known as “bright spots.” From these results, Jerry and his team decided it would take less time to study what was happening in these bright spot families than it would to study all the possible things going wrong in the families with children that were not thriving. By studying these families, they were able to quickly take their findings and duplicate them in the families where the children were not thriving.Whether one calls them bright spots, best practices or pro tips, bottom line, when changes are necessary, we need to focus on where we know things are going right and attempt to duplicate those results. Too often, when change is needed, we fixate on what is going wrong and try and fix it. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear why things are going wrong.   Let’s say that a credit union is struggling to grow loans. Is it because rates are too high, or is it because the decision process is broken? Is it a matter of a marketing issue, or is it because the closing process is cumbersome for the member? It’s just too difficult to accurately identify the issue when there are so many possibilities.However, by focusing on successes, even if it is at another credit union, leadership can more quickly determine where changes can be effective, faster. If a credit union is failing to increase indirect loan production, then studying those credit unions that are successfully growing market share may be the fastest route to improvement. But, it’s just as important to make sure that the success you’re referencing is actually the result of solid lending practices.   Just because a credit union is growing loans, doesn’t mean that it is booking the right kinds of loans. In the way that leaders should not fixate on their own untested problems, they also should not fixate on the success of others when that success has not been validated.Let’s go back to Sternin’s study. He found that poor families, where children were thriving, were not feeding the children any more food than the families with children that were not healthy. The difference was in the way they were feeding their children. The parents were paying more attention to ensure the children were, in fact, eating the food given to them, and feeding them the same amount of food per day, but dividing it into six meals rather than three. As a result, their bodies could better process the food into usable nourishment. Often, credit unions assume that they need to re-invent lending norms in order to achieve growth. As a result, many lower their prices to unprofitable levels; others take on more risk than they are prepared to manage.   But, the answer isn’t so much in the types of loans that are being booked or the price of those loans, as it is the way loans are acquired.Let’s not forget the role that Sternin played. He didn’t care more about those children than their own mothers and he certainly didn’t go in with all of the answers, but arriving in the region with fresh eyes and an open mind, he was able to discover important nuances that even the people with the most vested interests overlooked. It may be challenging for a credit union to acquire “best practice” knowledge on its own, especially when its leaders are focused on running the credit union.  And, often these best practices are achieved outside the reach of their available resources.CU Direct has created an Advisory Services group to provide consulting that is focused on best practices based on experience working with more than 1,000 credit unions. Our Advisory Services can analyze a credit union’s entire lending process and compare/contrast it with successful, tried and tested credit union practices, ensuring an improved process and a path to loan growth. Sometimes, it’s not possible to get where we want to go by ourselves. Credit unions are no different.Works CitedHeath, C. a. (2010). Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. New York: Crown Publishing Group. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Cochrum Michael has worked in the consumer lending industry since 1989. In 1999, he joined the credit union industry, working for the Texas Credit Union League’s credit union. Mr. Cochrum … Web: www.cudirect.com Detailslast_img read more

5 tips to up your public speaking game

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details She realized she tried to short-cut the process, not because of laziness but because of nerves. Her second speech was better; she completed it but still had a lot of work to do. Each subsequent speech was an improvement upon the previous. To her surprise and to the delight of her classmates, this young woman had a refreshing air of confidence by the end of the semester.  On the other end of the spectrum was a retired professional athlete, who I had not had the pleasure of coaching. I had seen him in action on the playing field and after games at press conferences. His confidence was unrivaled, not arrogant but professional. As an entrepreneur with a new business, he was invited to deliver the keynote at a large awards dinner. No doubt, his name on the ticket was the reason the event sold out quickly. Anticipation filled the room as he approached the stage. His business talk began with a relevant sports analogy. Within a few minutes, however, it became obvious that he had no game plan for this arena. It appeared he had not thoroughly prepared for this new sport. His message became redundant and his key point was lost. I think he knew it, too, but could not get out of his own way. It was painful to watch.  While choosing death over speaking in public seems extreme, as a Public Speaking coach and teacher, I can attest to having witnessed intense fear as well as the pitfalls of overconfidence. Midway through a speech, a very nervous college student ran out of the classroom crying. Fear had gotten the best of her. She only took the course because it was required. I paused the class, went down the hall to find my student, and talked her off the ledge. I let her describe her anxiety, and then addressed each concern with a question. Did you prepare? Did you practice? What was your self-talk prior to taking the stage? How could you have mitigated nervousness? Did you apply the strategies we discussed in class?  Comedian Jerry Seinfeld joked that because Public Speaking ranked higher than death on a list of fears, many would choose death over speaking in public. Consider the cost to your career or your organization if fear causes you to avoid making presentations. Speaking engagements provide opportunities to boost credibility, make direct personal connections with many individuals at one time, and advance your mission or sell your product.  Like writing, there is a process to preparing for oral presentations. No amount of confidence will make up for a lack of preparation. The reason many audiences lose interest in presentations is because the presenter lacks organization or a well-crafted game plan. Coincidentally, careful organization and preparation increases confidence and quells nerves.   I entered the speakers’ circuit after spending decades communicating from behind a microphone in the confines of a broadcast booth. Like many, the challenge of addressing a live audience freaked me out, so I embraced it and embarked on a lifelong study of the art and science of Public Speaking. I developed a formula for communication practices that would meet the needs of both budding and seasoned professionals because there’s always room to up your game. Here are five tips to help get you started:If fear is gripping you, try turning off the negative chatter box in your head. Rather than thinking “I’m not the best subject matter expert,” “I’ll bore the audience,” “I’ll probably forget half of what I want to say,” etc., feed yourself positive thoughts: “I’m confident my approach to this topic will inspire the audience.” “I know this subject so well that I can fluidly deliver it in an easy-to-grasp manner.” “I’ve practiced and I know the three points I want to make, so my audience will hear my complete message.” Prepare and practice. Regardless of how well you know the topic, you must prepare every step of the presentation, especially the closing remarks. I coach speakers on my three-by-three method for organizing a presentation. Check your expectations. One hundred percent audience buy-in is not realistic. Shoot for one hundred percent respect. Never make assumptions about your audience without thoroughly doing your homework. Learn as much about your audience as possible before preparing your talk in order to address it properly. You are the presentation, not your PowerPoint. Use PowerPoint as a visual aid, not as a teleprompter. Don’t Let Microsoft Co-opt Your Presentation.  I have hundreds more tips …wait for it, in my handy pocket guide, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations. My Speaking for Successprogram is designed to help professionals at every level increase confidence, exude credibility, and speak with conviction.last_img read more

Nussle on MSNBC: CUs are ‘financial first responders’ to pandemic

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle discussed how credit unions are serving Americans affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on MSNBC Live Sunday night with Ali Velshi. Nussle, who served on Congress from 1991 to 2007 and as director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2007 to 2009, discussed a recent Wall Street Journal report that said banks were tightening credit standards as a result of the outbreak.Nussle cited CUNA’s survey of how credit unions are implementing changes to products and services to increase member access to safe and affordable credit.“Ninety-three percent of our credit unions have already made a change, adjustment or making modifications to member loans, and a number of those same credit unions are creatively looking to new ways to extend credit during this tough time, when we just had 3.3 million Americans apply for unemployment benefits,” he said. “We think of ourselves as financial first responders during challenges like this.”last_img read more